Friday, November 9, 2007

A Family Visit to Campus

Today was my teaching day, and Sue brought the kids on a later bus to campus, which is about an hour bus ride from our apartment.

Here's Peter, below playing "Sorry" with a couple of Sue's students in her office.

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One of my students Irene, and her husband took us out to a wonderful lunch.  Irene and her husband have a 7 year old son in school in Hangzhou, so they have a similar schedule to us - where one parent goes home early or stays home so the child has someone to come home to.  Nice!  Here are the 3 boys at lunch.

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The students took a shining to Sophie, of course.  They ran her all over campus while Sue and I rested with a cup of coffee.  What a treat!
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Some of our other students took Jack and Peter to the badminton courts and the soccer field.
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The boys loved the wide open spaces of campus where they could play badminton or kick the soccer ball around.  It is a much different environment than the downtown area where we live. There's not much room close by our apartment for them to run around like this.
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We got the bubble maker out for Sophie, and she played with that for awhile, while I kicked the soccer ball around with the boys.  Sue and Ashley, another foreign teacher, held down the steps and visited.
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"Aww, is this thing out of bubbles already??"
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Sophie was so dirty from playing, she looked like a real rag-a-muffin today! But - she had fun! "Hey Daddy, bring that camera lens closer".  Yes she did get soap on my lens - not happy about that :).    
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We met many of our students today at the coffee shop under Teacher Building 1, in an area I believe they call "The Cave".  Here I am with some students from our classes.
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Peter said he felt like he was in a camera studio with all of the flashes going off.  Here he is with some of my grad students, Ben, Shirly, and Sara, respectively.
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